Grant Award Announcements
Deutch Congratulates STOP School Violence Act Grant Recipients
Congressman Ted Deutch (FL-22) congratulated states, cities, and school districts across the country that were awarded U.S. Department of Justice school safety grants created out of the STOP School Violence Act, legislation introduced by Congressman Deutch and Congressman John Rutherford (FL-04).
The law authorized funding for two new grants: one program to train teachers and students how to respond to mental health crises ("STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program") and another to develop anonymous reporting systems to help identify violent threats ("STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program").
The Broward County School Board was awarded $500,000 from the STOP School Violence Prevention and Mental Health Training Program and $379,346 from the STOP School Violence Threat Assessment and Technology Reporting Program.
“When I introduced the STOP School Violence Act with my Florida colleague Congressman Rutherford, we didn’t know that only a few weeks later, my constituents would experience the horrific attack at Stoneman Douglas. After February 14, this bill became even more important to parents and students across the country who feared that their school would be next," said Congressman Deutch. "Grant recipients will now be able to use these funds to set up important systems for reporting suspicious behavior and creating clear lines of communication between schools and law enforcement. This is an important step toward preventing gun violence in schools.”
Congressman Deutch and Congressman Rutherford introduced the STOP School Violence Act (H.R. 4909) in January 2018. The U.S. House of Representatives passed the legislation on March 14, the one-month anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School school shooting. President Trump signed the legislation into law as part of the funding bill for the remainder of fiscal year 2018 on March 23, 2018, one day before the March for Our Lives events led by student leaders from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School raised gun violence awareness and called for action around the country.